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Former Air Force civilian allegedly swiped $1 million cash advance on government credit card

The employee allegedly took $1,100,000 from an Air Force travel expense account and diverted $774,000 for his own use.
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A former Air Force civilian employee has been accused of using his government credit card as a personal piggy bank.

Eddie Ray Johnson Jr., of Brandywine, Maryland, was charged June 15 with theft of government property and money laundering on allegations he had obtained more than $1 million from an Air Force travel expense account and diverted most of it for his personal use, according to a court filing in the U.S. District Court of Maryland.

From March 2014 to Sept. 2017, Johnson, a travel coordinator in the Office of the Air Force Secretary, allegedly used a government-issued Citibank card to obtain over $1.1 million in cash advances at Bank of America branches in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., wrote U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.

Johnson later allegedly deposited at least $774,000 in his personal bank accounts, and thereafter, “knowingly used the funds for unauthorized purposes,” Hur added.

Johnson had worked since Jan. 2003 for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of the Legislative Liaison, which facilitates communication between the service and lawmakers. He resigned from the Air Force in Feb. 2018.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.